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April 15, 2024

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Transgender rights

Mandy Nolan might be surprised to discover how many women of all political persuasions, feminists or not, are alarmed...

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Aid workers killed

I along with the Israeli and Jewish community in general mourn with the rest of the world for the...

Short stay accommodation saga at Ballina Council

The last Ballina Council meeting saw a straightforward request from staff for more information about the short term rental accommodation situation in the shire (as it relates to NSW government policy) turn into an elaborate saga.

Everyone reads The Echo – 10 April, 2024

The letters deadline for The Echo is noon Friday. Letters longer than 200 words may be cut. The publication of letters is at the discretion of the letters editor.

Share the love cactus

Want to experience fresh, new music? A new local band has germinated from the fertile artistic soils of the Northern Rivers. Hashimoto’s Cactus is the lovechild of Stephen Lovelight, who is one of the members of the Round Mountain Girls.


Elimination by people-power voting is necessary to remove dictators from Russia, Israel, China, Iran, wannabe (again!) North Korea, to...

School holidays special event at the Botanic Gardens

This April school holidays, a magical outdoor theatre show for kids is happening in Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens. Understory is a magical, interactive theatre adventure for kids.


Arts in focus: Cloud Forest

With just four weeks to go until the opening night of Shearwater’s 2016 Wearable Arts Performance Event, ‘Cloud Forest’, the Mullumbimby Steiner school is buzzing like a jacaranda full of bees.

Wearable Arts is a major event in the high school’s performing arts calendar, showcasing costumes created by Shearwater students, staff and the wider community.

According to head of school Greg Parkes, the learning program throughout the secondary years allows students to acquire the multiple skills necessary to produce the show. 'Leadership, teamwork, collaboration, resilience, ingenuity… all these are evident as students from Years 7 to 11 choreograph the sections, construct sets, props and costumes, evolve and refine their designs and arrive at sophisticated solutions to some very tricky technical problems.'

According to Wearable Arts coordinator Josh Rushton, 'the show is deeply enmeshed in the whole substance of what we do here at Shearwater'.

'The story is drawn from the life of teaching and learning and is deeply concerned with the passage of students from adolescence to adulthood. The students’ engagement in the experience teaches them logic, consequences and cause and effect; encourages and fosters heartfelt idealism, and cultivates will, so they can go into the world as responsible, confident and
capable adults.'

‘Cloud Forest’ runs from Wednesday November 2 till Saturday November 5. Tickets on sale now  shearwaterperformingarts.com. Enquiries 6684 3223.

Photos: Cloud9 ImageArt

Byron School of Art

There are plenty of workshops and short courses on offer at Byron School of Art over the next coming months with Kellie O’Dempsey’s Expanded Drawing proving to be a popular addition to the Weekend Workshop program.

BSA has two silkscreens to give away to the first two people who sign up to Anne Leon’s Screenprinting Workshop! A great opportunity to set yourself up for working at home. You have until 21 October to apply for our 2017 year-long courses.

Don’t forget to drop into the BSA Project Space, with solo and group shows opening on most Friday nights until the end of the year. It’s a great way to see the diverse work of local artists including our current long-course students.


Tweed Regional Gallery and MOAC

Resolution: contemporary Indigenous photomedia

A National Gallery of Australia exhibition.

Until Sunday 4 December 2016

The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) exhibition Resolution: New Indigenous Photomedia showcases work produced by contemporary Indigenous artists working with photography and new media. Drawing on works from the NGA collection, this exhibition features new work by leading and emerging Indigenous makers: Michael Aird, Tony Albert, Brook Andrew, Ali G Baker, Daniel Boyd, Megan Cope, Brenda L Croft, Nici Cumpston, Robert Fielding, Nicole Foreshew, Ricky Maynard, Danie Mellor, Steaphan Paton, Damien Shen, Darren Siwes, Christian Thompson, Warwick Thornton, James Tylor and Jason Wing.

Opening Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 10am–5pm
Free admission

2 Mistral Road (Cnr Tweed Valley Way),
Murwillumbah South, NSW

Lismore Regional Gallery

Extraordinary images by one of Europe’s best architectural photographers, Lucien Hervé: When do we cast off for happiness? showing at Lismore Regional Gallery. Hervé combines an architect’s eye with uncluttered abstracted compositions.

From the collection of local curator Pierre Chevalier, the exhibition features Hervé’s photos of three major creatives of the 20th century: Le Corbusier, father of modern architecture; Niemeyer, sculptor of monuments; and Matisse working on his masterpiece, the Chapelle de Vence.

Wanting more? A documentary on Hervé screens daily, and the curator’s talk is 11am Thursday 20 October.


Heath Franco, HOME TOWN Sunrise, 2016, digital image, inkjet print on cotton rag, 27 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Pompom, Sydney
Heath Franco, HOME TOWN Sunrise, 2016, digital image, inkjet print on cotton rag, 27 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Pompom, Sydney
Left: Kathryn Dolby, Two, Acrylic on board, 2016
Left: Kathryn Dolby, Two, Acrylic on board, 2016

NRCG  Exhibition All New Home

Guest curators Sharne Wolff and Jane Denison take over Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) this October to present All New Home – an exhibition exploring the idea of ‘home’ through the eyes of four artists working across different media.

Award-winning video and performance artist Heath Franco joins local emerging artists Kathryn Dolby (painting), Gregory Furney (ceramics) and Natalie Grono (photography).

Bangalow retaining wall damage

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We wonder why

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Aid workers killed

I along with the Israeli and Jewish community in general mourn with the rest of the world for the tragic loss of the seven...

Rains, drains, floods

The ABC news and Guardian recently published reports of the potential return of La Niña in 2024 bringing similar rain to 2022. We just experienced...